Determining what dog breed is best for me

How to Pick Your New Best Friend

Finally! Your parents have agreed to let you get a pet dog! How are you ever going to pick the right one and what do you need to know to take care of your new best friend properly? Hopefully after reading this list of things to consider, you will be able to pick the perfect dog!

There are many things to consider when picking out a dog. The first is how big is your home or apartment and what size is your yard. These are very important because dogs need to play and run everyday. This is good exercise for the dog and a good way for you to spend quality time with your pet. If you live in an apartment with little or no backyard, you might want to consider a smaller breed of dog. Some types of dogs to consider are the Jack Russell Terrier, the Chihuahua and the classic Dachshund, affectionately referred to as a “wiener dog”.

The Reverend Jack Russell originally developed the Jack Russell Terrier in England. You would need to walk this dog daily, even twice daily, because it is a very active dog. It was bred to hunt small game animals and likes to play. This dog seems to have a sense of humor!

The Chihuahua is best known as the “Taco Bell Dog”. That is a good commercial for him to do because he is of Mexican decent and is in fact named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This dog always seems to have a job to perform and can be temperamental. Besides being the Taco Bell dog, the Chihuahua is the shortest dog in the world and weighs from two to four pounds.

The Dachshund comes from Germany. His primary purpose was to hunt rats and badgers. He also likes to dig. The wiener dog also comes in two sizes: a standard or a miniature.

If you are lucky enough to live in a bigger house that also has some type of backyard; you can choose a larger dog. Another important point to consider is the temperament of your soon to be new pet. Is he usually happy or playful? Does he like being around groups of people or families? Is his main goal to please his owner? There are in fact several breeds of dogs that fit these descriptions. You might want to consider a German Shepherd, a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever, since these dogs generally make excellent family pets! All these dogs require daily walks and lots of playtime. Some games they like to play are Fetch, with any type of ball, tug-of-war with a thick rope toy available at your local pet store and chasing a Frisbee.

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds of dogs.

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